- “Face the Nation” originates from New York Sunday as Bob Schieffer speaks with former Pres. Bill Clinton. The annual Clinton Global Initiative gets underway Sunday. Clinton is on “The Daily Show” tonight.
- CNBC has plucked Jake Novak from Fox Business Network. Starting Monday Novak, who was Stuart Varney‘s producer at FBN, will be Supervising Producer of CNBC’s “Street Signs.”
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Fox Business Network debuted a new graphics look today as part of a move to a single 16×9 feed, similar to how Fox News broadcasts. In the transition, the “wing” — still in use by CNBC — has been removed with the information as part of the redesigned lower third.
The new design also incorporates social media in the ticker. Ray Lambiase, SVP of Graphics at FBN, tells RBR-TVBR, “By dedicating an area of our new data ticker exclusively to text headlines, we will have the opportunity to display social media comments, without ever interrupting the flow of financial data that our business viewers expect to see.” FBN celebrates five years on the air next month.
The business networks are gearing up for tomorrow’s Facebook IPO, which begins trading on the NASDAQ when the markets open tomorrow morning.
Bloomberg TV is kicking off coverage at 5pmET today with “Facebook: The Public Network,” a live three-hour special anchored by Emily Chang and Cory Johnson in San Francisco, Betty Liu in New York and Jon Erlichman at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. At 8pmET, Matt Miller will anchor a live one-hour special, followed by an updated version of Bloomberg’s “Game Changers” on Mark Zuckerberg at 9pmET.
CNBC devoted the 1pmET hour this afternoon to the IPO with a special anchored by Carl Quintanilla. He and Julia Boorstin will also report from Facebook’s headquarters tomorrow. Tomorrow morning, CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” will broadcast from the NASDAQ, where Facebook will be trading, instead of their usual perch at the NYSE.
On Fox Business Network, Stuart Varney will host a special “Varney & Co.” tomorrow morning to cover the market open and the IPO launch. Shibani Joshi will be live from Facebook’s headquarters and Lauren Simonetti will be at the NASDAQ.
- Katie Couric‘s upcoming syndicated talk show has launched on Twitter and Facebook. Couric relaunched her Facebook fan page to be focused on the show, and her staff has launched a new Twitter account @KatieShow, for the talk program. So far the pages have shared a number of behind the scenes photos about the show’s prep work.
- Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney is interviewed by luxury lifestyle magazine The Robb Report. Varney, a Brit, talks about his love for his adopted country at his home in the Catskills: “Up there, I’ve got a gigantic American flag. Every Fourth of July, we winch it up the side of the house on pulleys so it covers the entire house, or at least the front and side of it—which is ironic, is it not, for an Englishman to be flying a gigantic American flag?”
- C-SPAN is partnering with video social sharing service Tout for the channel’s tour of North Carolina May 3-8. The C-SPAN bus will be traveling across the state, and people can stop by the bus and share their thoughts on the election via Tout. Stops include UNC and Wake Forest.
I try to stay out of the weeds. On television, jargon is the kiss of death. The second you start talking about the Federal Reserve and QE3 you’ve lost your audience. I mean, how many people really know what the Federal Reserve is and does? Far fewer people know what QE3 is. That’s why you’ll never hear me say, “The yield on the 10 year bond is X or Y percent.” Instead, I’ll tell a general audience that Italians are having trouble borrowing money and that’s how you pull them in. One of the differences between CNBC and Fox Business is we’re going after a different market. We’re expanding beyond traders to a broader audience while staying on subjects that are related to money and investing.
Mark Halperin‘s calling the president “a dick” on MSNBC yesterday made news on a couple other networks.
CNN reported his utterance, apology and suspension at least six times yesterday including a piece from Jeanne Moos during “The Situation Room.” MSNBC (beyond the original story) reported it once, around 10:50am yesterday; Fox News reported the story twice yesterday and Fox Business reported it this morning on Stuart Varney‘s show.
Fox Business Network, which became a publicly rated Nielsen client three months ago today, had its best month ever in June.
- 6a-6a Mon.-Fri. — Total Viewers / A25-54 (Year-over-year change)
CNBC – 179,000 (-7%) / 51,000 (-12%)
FBN – 65,000 (+51%) / 14,000 (+40%)
- 9a-4p Mon.-Fri. — Total Viewers / A25-54 (Year-over-year change)
CNBC – 235,000 (-14%) / 43,000 (-28%)
FBN – 77,000 (+97%) / 16,000 (+100%)
The network, which launched in October 2007, is not beating CNBC in any hour, but does occasionally see a head-to-head win, including Neil Cavuto‘s 6pm show against CNBC’s “Mad Money.” It gets closest at 7pmET, when Lou Dobbs (106K Total Viewers) on FBN is up against Larry Kudlow (142K) on CNBC.
Network EVP Kevin Magee sent a note to staff today (after the jump) thanking them for the June showing. Magee highlights the 10amET hour where the Stuart Varney-anchored show is up 121% year-over-year. CNBC is down -7% in the hour, but still handly beats FBN (262K v. 104K)
Fox Business is in 58 million homes (mostly on digital tiers) while CNBC, launched in 1989, is in 98 million homes.
On Fox News Channel, former CNBC anchor Martha MacCallum said of Haines on “America’s Newsroom”: “He will be missed by so many in this business, he was one of the pioneers of the financial business news coverage, and a great market reporter, who worked at the stock exchange for many years and we will miss him.”
As we reported yesterday, Fox Business Network is going to be publicly rated starting Monday. For the first time, advertising clients, competitors and, well, we will be able to see how the network is performing on a day-to-day basis. It’s taken 3 years and 5 months for FBN to make the leap to become a full service client. By contrast, Fox News Channel became a full service client six months after it went on the air, in April 1997, but the business channel is on an all digital network across the country, except in Manhattan. Bloomberg TV, which has been on the air for 17 years, is still not publicly rated.
TVNewser spoke with John McCann, VP of Ad Sales for Fox Business Network about what this all means.
TVNewser: Why did it take so long? FBN reached the 40 million household threshold a long time ago.
McCann: Well, the industry standard is 60 million. We’re at 57.3 right now, so we’re actually just shy of the industry standard. We have four times as many advertisers as we did at this time last year. And we have been discussing for quite some time when was the right time.
TVNewser: How do you think FBN’s programs will stack up ratings-wise to CNBC?
For the business news channels, daytime is where the bread is buttered, but for the 2010 midterm elections, they are all planning special primetime programming.
CNBC will have live coverage from 7 PM to midnight, programming which it is calling “Decision 2010: Your Money, Your Vote. Maria Bartiromo and Carl Quintanilla will anchor until 11 PM, with Tyler Mathisen and Amanda Drury taking over from there.
Guests will include business leaders and political insiders, including former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz, former Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune, former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.
And yes, Rick Santelli, who famously coined the phrase “tea party movement,” will be providing special commentary throughout the night.